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MENTAL HEALTH

Depression and Anxiety often go hand-in-hand. Studies have shown that nearly 50% of people who visit their doctor for one illness are diagnosed with the other.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression across the globe, with women being more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men.

Research has shown that CBD can be a natural way to address depression and anxiety symptoms without the risk of the side effects that pharmaceuticals carry. The Endocannabinoid system works to maintain an overall state of balance within the body. Studies have found that the endocannabinoid system is related to mood disorders.

When our bodies produce enough internal CBD, our systems remain balanced and serotonin levels are sufficient. However when our body’s systems become imbalanced, such as when we experience depression and/or anxiety, studies have shown that introducing external CBD into the endocannabinoid system can help return the body to a balanced state. This happens because the brain has receptors on it (called CB1 receptors) that receive serotonin signals, and serotonin is known to be related to mood. So the increase in CBD floods the receptors, which in turn increases the serotonin in the body. This causes the symptoms of depression and anxiety to lessen or even disappear.

Conventional methods of treatment for depression and anxiety tend to consist of a combination of pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy. Like with all pharmaceuticals, the medications typically prescribed to address depression and/or anxiety carry the risk of side effects such as:

  • Nausea
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Sexual side effects
  • Fatigue/drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Increased agitation/restlessness/anxiety

Using CBD to treat depression and/or anxiety symptoms comes with risk of little to no side effects.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression across the globe1, with women being more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men2. The signs and symptoms of depression look different for everyone. Men tend to experience increased anger and tiredness and are more likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol. They also tend to disregard their symptoms, leading them to not seek out help for the illness. Women, on the other hand, tend to experience feelings of sadness, loneliness, or guilt. Teenagers tend to display increased irritability, sadness, and may get in trouble in school3.

Depression and Anxiety often go hand-in-hand. Studies have shown that nearly 50% of people who visit their doctor for one illness are diagnosed with the other4. Individuals with anxiety disorders experience overwhelming and constant fears or worries to the point where it can be disabling. This prevents them from participating in day to day activities such as running errands, maintaining a job, or having a social life5.

To treat depression and anxiety, doctors often recommend a combination of pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy. Like with all pharmaceuticals, the medications typically prescribed to address depression and/or anxiety carry the risk of side effects. These side effects can range from increased agitation to suicidal thoughts6.

Research has shown that CBD can be a natural way to address depression and anxiety symptoms without the risk of side effects like pharmaceuticals carry. The Endocannabinoid system works to help the body maintain an overall state of balance and studies have found it to be related to mood disorders7.  When our bodies produce enough internal CBD, our systems remain balanced. However when these systems become imbalanced, such as when we experience depression and/or anxiety, studies have shown that introducing external CBD into the endocannabinoid system can help return the body to a balanced state, causing the symptoms of depression and anxiety to lessen or even disappear with risk of little to no side effects8.

 

  1. https://cbd-international.net/will-cannabis-oil-help-depression/
  2. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression
  3. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression
  4. https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.anxiety.html
  5. https://cbd-international.net/can-treat-anxiety-cannabis-oil/
  6. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression-treatment-management
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21916860
  8. https://cbd-international.net/will-cannabis-oil-help-depression/

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